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Jul 13

Water Quality in the Upper Granite Creek Watershed

Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Avenue (two blocks behind True Value)

The Granite Creek Watershed has some trouble; its water future is uncertain and its surface waters are impaired. Increasing urbanization in our watershed presents a set of challenges different from those issues historically associated with our region.

âOne of the greatest challenges as we urbanize is our areaâs nostalgic view of a rural, âwild westâ community with clear-flowing waterways, in spite of evidence to the contrary,â says Ann-Marie Benz, Outreach and Communications Director for Prescott Creeks.

Our community is struggling to address recent urban stormwater and flooding issues. Currently our watershed also has two impaired water bodies: Granite Creek, due to low dissolved oxygen, and Watson Lake, due to dissolved oxygen, high pH, excess nutrients, and a fish-kill. In addition, E. coli bacteria is a pollutant of concern.

In a talk entitled,âHealthy Creeks; Healthy Communities,â Benz will discuss water quality in our region and some upcoming projects to address watershed health when she speaks to the Citizens Water Advocacy Group on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset in Prescott (two blocks behind True Value).

"Helping people learn about and care for creeks is the most fulfilling job around, especially for someone who grew up without flowing creeks," says Benz, who is the primary liaison between Prescott Creeks and the community and studied watershed management and sustainable community development at Prescott College.

For more info, call 445-4218, e-mail info@cwagaz.org or visit www.cwagAZ.org.

http://www.cwagaz.org